Burton Imperial Snowboard Boot - Men's

King of the freeride castle.

Assert regal domain across the alpine kingdom of fresh glades, stacked pillows, and steep chutes with the Burton Men's Imperial Snowboard Boot. Fine-tuned with a highly responsive flex, the Imperial offers the stability and precise board control desired for charging down intimidating faces and tight tree runs. Taking design cues from Burton's top-flight SLX Boot, the Imperial's S4 shell panels resist breakdown for a consistent flex throughout the course of the season.

The Imprint 3 liner maintains high levels of support, ensuring a dialed fit from first chair 'till last. This thermo-moldable liner offers a truly custom fit by conforming to the shape of your foot for superb comfort. The Focus Cuff hugs the sweet spot around your ankle, preventing dreaded heel lift from sapping energy transmission to your board. For lasting freshness, the Aegis antimicrobial finish prevents the growth of funky microbes after long days on the mountain.

Looking to the boot's midsole, EST Optimized tech provides a low-profile feel for increased sensory feedback when you're driving into carves and blasting off natural drops. To compensate for the thinner midsole, B3 gel cushioning soaks up heavy landings and excess vibration from fatiguing your lower body. And because it's meant for out-of-bounds exploration, the Vibram EcoStep sole features rubber Ice Spikes for sure-footed grip across sketchy snow and treacherous terrain.

  • Responsive freeride boot with premium comfort
  • Medium-stiff flex excels at high-speed riding
  • Speed Zone laces tighten upper and lower separately
  • S4 shell panels resist breakdown over the season
  • Shrinkage technology reduces footprint by entire size
  • Imprint 3 thermo-moldable liner with Focus Cuff at heel
  • Low-Profile EST Optimized midsole with B3 gel cushioning
  • Vibram EcoStep sole with ice spikes for aggressive grip
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Like A Glove...Or A Boot?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these to replace some medium stiffness boots that were pretty worn out. I was a little hesitant in the change in stiffness at first because I've been riding medium stiff boots for the past couple seasons. I've used them a bunch already and love them. They broke in pretty quickly for me, they're super comfortable, and the fit was right on point with most of my other size 11.5 shoes and boots. I think the speed zone lacing is pretty cool because it lets me crank down the ankle section, locking my heel in place, while still being able to play around with how tight the upper section is.

Great Boots

    Very comfortable and have the perfect flex for me. I did feel a couple of pressure points when I first tried them on but they went away by just wearing them and walking around the house a couple of times. By the time I took them out the first time they fit like a glove. The toe box is a bit bulky on these however, I am having to use the max setting on my toe caps (union atlas l/xl, boot sz 13) when I didn't have to with my previous boots.

    great for me

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    When I started the search for new snowboard boots this season it took me about 6-8 different boots before I found the right ones. With boots being the first contact point between you and your board, they need to be good. These boots are damn good.

    You need to have a nice pair of comfortable, reliable and responsive yet playful boot. You get that with the Imperials. Not sure what others have had issues with sizing, these were spot on to the same size 11.5 boot I had before (RIP Nike Vapens).

    Depending on your style of riding, where you ride, your ability/skill level boots make a world of difference when chosen properly.

    Vibram sole, medium/stiffer flex, speed zone lacing (which I have grown to like more), a small and compact footprint these boots are legit. They are perfect for the riding here in Utah.

    If you have been searching for new and better boots stop here. Hit me up if you'd like to talk about whether or not these are gonna be the right boots for you and your style of riding and ability.

    Not the right boot for me

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    One of my customers had some great feedback on why the Imperial wasn't the right fit for him:

    "I had to go with the Adidas Tactical Adv for two main reasons.

    1) Comfort - the Adidas were immediately and totally comfortable - more so than any boot I have tried on before. The Imperials were comfortable as well, but the Tacticals were on a different level. The foam padding was unreal. Also, the toe box is a bit wider and they just seemed to fit my foot better.

    2) Heel lock - the quick lace system on the Imperials was awesome and easy to use, and I also like the way it looks. However, there was simply not enough heel lock. With the Imperial tightened as much as I possibly could tighten them, my heels were still coming up in the boot when walking around and when strapped in. The Tacticals had absolutely 0 issues with heel lock, so it was an easy decision."

    The boot is not true to size.

      It s smaller than actual size,not very firm ( suppose to be Medium stiffness) ,the laces are very thin ,not sure how long they would last .
      Not for a heavy guy nor pro.

      Hey Filip, I didn't have any trouble getting into the size 11.5 and I'm a 11.5 in 95% of all footwear. What size did you try out?? It can feel and fit a bit tight at first but after you lace them up completely and get a few rides in and/or heat mold them you'll have a much better fit and feel on these boots.

      Let me know if you're still on the lookout for some new snowboard boots!

      Comfort meets precision

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've had multiple boots over the 15 years I've rode, after two hard seasons on these boots I can confidently say they've held up to their end of the bargain. They have the perfect balance between comfort, flex, and responsive. After two years they're still as warm and dry as day 1, and continue to be my daily go-to pair.